HARRISONBURG, Va. - Hope Jennings served up seven of Bridgewater's 14 aces to push the Eagles past Mt. Aloysius Wednesday night at Eastern Mennonite University.
The Eagles fell behind 11-4 in the first set but did not let the deficit deter them from playing tough. Jessica Bissmeyer, Grace Hayes and Rachel Gaston all put down kills during Jennings seven point service run to give Bridgewater a 15-14 edge. Jennings served three aces during the stretch. The Mounties got it back to 20-20 before two Nadia Valle kills put the Eagles up by two. Bridgewater fought the finish and completed the comeback on a Jennings kill.
Mt. Aloysius hit a .300 in the second set and held Bridgewater to a .059, their lowest hitting percentage of the night.
After dropping the second set, Bridgewater breezed through the final two sets. The team held their opponent to a negative hitting percentage in the final sets and put down a total of 27 kills in the second half of the match.
In addition to her seven aces, Jennings contributed 10 kills and five digs. Gaston led Bridgewater with a match high 12 kills and 17 digs for another double-double. Taylor McNeely had a match high 27 digs and three service aces. Hayes contributed 33 assists.
The win moves Bridgewater to 22-5 on the season. The team has a quick turnaround and will face their final conference foe, Emory & Henry, tomorrow, October 31. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m.